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Yaris is first car to tackle updated testing protocols and first to gain a five-star rating under new regime

The new Toyota Yaris has scored five stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, setting the benchmark for small family car safety since the crash test body updated its testing protocols.

The Yaris, tested in five-door Hybrid guise, is the first car to tackle the new NCAP programme, which features an overhauled frontal offset crash test. Other changes include the introduction of a countermeasure for injuries in far-side impacts and a mobile progressive deformable barrier test.

The Yaris performed well across these tests, with its small size making it one of the least-damaging cars with which to be involved in a crash, while its expansive centre-mounted airbags were found to offer good protection against far-side impacts. The latest Toyota Safety Sense programme can now stop the Yaris mid-turn to avoid a crash with oncoming traffic.

“Congratulations to Toyota on a top rating for the Yaris,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen. “This has been a tough year for all concerned, and I'm grateful to Euro NCAP’s labs and employees, who have worked hard to deliver safety while staying safe.”

Although the Yaris is the only car to tackle the revised test so far, two other cars were tested against the 2019 protocols. These were the new Renault Clio E-Tech hybrid, which matched the standard Clio with five stars, and the Audi E-tron Sportback, which also received the full star rating.

The new Yaris, redesigned from the ground up over its predecessor, is now on sale in hybrid-only form, priced from £19,910.


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The original Toyota Yaris was a landmark car, since then it has lost ground to more talented rivals. Can it regain its crown from the formidable and long in the tooth Ford Fiesta?

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gavsmit 17 September 2020

High expectations

For such a small car to have an entry price of £20,000, I'd expect it to be perfect at everything.

Peter Cavellini 16 September 2020

How hard.

 How hard is it to follow a set of simple parameters for protecting passengers and driver in the areas that most likely to suffer in an accident?, can't designers work round this with a viable, 100% solution?

Shrub 16 September 2020

Shines hmmmm?

I really like the new Yaris but I've just read the test report and in the frontal offset crash it offers weak protection for the drivers feet and marginal protection for legs and chest. I wouldn't say that it shines although impressed with the new front central airbag set up. Let's see how it compares to the new Jazz when tested.